When it comes to finding great places in which to hang-out and relax at the weekend, Johannesburg urbanites can now add to their lists a wealth of on-trend destinations downtown in the old converted industrial warehouses of the City, now transformed into artisanal food and entertainment spaces. The latest of these developments is The Sheds@1 Fox Street.
LoA went to check out the vibe at The Sheds this past weekend and to interview one of its trendy fashion design and retailers, Punk & Ivy, in their fabulous mobile fashion truck (or motique as it is known) parked at the main entrance to the venue. Look out for this great interview in our special Focus on African Women Fashionpreneurs feature coming soon when we chat to Bianca Sibiya, one half of the inspirational husband and wife design and stylist team behind the fabulous Punk & Ivy brand).
Like many cities around the world, Johannesburg is reinventing its urban spaces by regenerating previously unloved and declining areas of the city and turning them into exciting new leisure destinations. The Sheds@ 1 Fox Street is easy to miss at first, hidden behind unassuming brick walls and giant steel gates, but once found, it is one of Joburg City’s new surprises - an entire district of historic, industrial warehouses now turned into artisanal food and drink venues, combined with music and entertainment spaces, and independent small fashion and lifestyle retailers.
The Sheds@ 1 Fox Street development is the brainchild of two Joburgers who saw the potential of the buildings - Jan Roode of Happy Me and Gerald Garner of Spaces & Places – JoburgPlaces (Double G Media). They signed a long-term lease with JLC as part of their initiative to reimagine the old warehouses and reinvent them into a trendy new lifestyle destination. While retaining their original character, the historic warehouses have since been refurbished into a thriving marketplace – an artisanal food and produce market, surrounded by eateries and bars. This lifestyle emporium is designed to serve the corporate workforce of the city as well as the many travellers visiting Jozi for a vibrant, African urban experience. The Sheds@1Fox is popular with the city’s brimming population of apartment dwellers, as well as the millions of suburbanites keen to visit and mingle in a thriving urban space.
On a personal note, if you get down to The Sheds@ 1Fox early enough on the weekend, it serves some of the most fabulous breakfasts in the City. At LoA, we would like to send a shout-out to Baha Taco which serves quite simply the best vegetarian breakfast ever, in the form of Mexican Bean Quesadillas - worth travelling downtown for every weekend!
Located close to the confluence of the M1 and M2 highways, just off the Selby off-ramp into town, and a short distance south of the Nelson Mandela Bridge, The Sheds@1Fox is accessible from all corners of Johannesburg. For more information, visit their website www.1fox.co.za